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Going to a Housewarming Party Tonight

Going to a Housewarming Party Tonight

While it doesn’t seem like many of our friends have housewarming parties anymore, we were invited to one tonight.  My wife’s best friend Beth and her husband had just moved into a new condominium.  I knew that it was going to be a small gathering, and I felt honoured to be on their list.

But we needed to come up with some kind of present for them.

Coming up with something appropriate and unique was a bit of a challenge.  They worked well as a couple, but in many respects they were very different people, making finding a gift for the both of them tough.

But we had an ace in the hole.

You see, about a month ago when my wife was helping them pack their house, Beth dropped their box of champagne glasses and broke them all.  As far as we knew, they didn’t have any time to buy new ones, so we thought it would be a good choice for a present.

Since we like to buy unique and artistic gifts, we bought them champagne flutes from DesignsByNN.com, a website that specialized in personalised gifts.  We really felt that they were a perfect choice for them, and I know they love unique glassware as much as we do.

I guess we’ll find out in a couple hours when we attend their party – I’m confident they will love them!

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April 13, 20150 comments
Thankful for Life Insurance for Diabetics

Thankful for Life Insurance for Diabetics

Sometimes I hate how much we have to think about death.  But with three little ones living in my home that depend on me for their livelihood, I want to make sure that they are taken care of financially if I am ever gone.  Having a life insurance policy in place really makes me feel a lot better as a parent and really it is something that everyone should have just in case they pass away.

But I really struggled to get any kind of insurance coverage thanks to my Type 2 Diabetes.  I should have known that finding life Insurance for Diabetics Type 2 was going to be a challenge since insurance companies are notorious for finding reasons why they shouldn’t pay out.

I didn’t let my disease stop me.

There had to be a solution out there – I just needed to find it.

I spoke with my good friend Jeff as I know that he had found a company that was able to get him life insurance for Diabetics Type 1.  He shared his experiences with me and referred me to his insurance broker and now I am covered.

Thank goodness.

I feel a lot better knowing that my children will be taken care of should I ever be gone.

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April 11, 20150 comments
Establishing my Social Media Presence

Establishing my Social Media Presence

Breaking into any market online can be tough unless you lay a firm foundation before you launch your website.  I learned my lesson a few years ago when I started a membership site for fish owners.  At the time I thought people would just trust me because I owned the site, but I learned very quickly that if you didn’t have a social media following, no one would trust you or your advice online.

Because they didn’t know you.

I learned from this mistake and make a point of establishing my social media accounts before launching a website now.  It looks a lot better to take advice from someone that has a few thousand Twitter followers instead of someone that has just a couple.

How do I do it?

Easy.  Instead of taking the time to make connections and grow up the account over time, I give it a bit of an injection of followers by buying Twitter followers

How do you buy Twitter followers?

Personally, I use BuyFriends.co to supply me with all of the followers that I need.  I look at the market and decide how many I need to establish a level of authority in that market.  Typically they are delivered in a day or two, so I can buy them right before I am ready to launch my site.

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April 8, 20150 comments
Enjoying a Delightful Cup of Tea

Enjoying a Delightful Cup of Tea

It has sure been a busy weekend around here.  We had my sister-in-law and her family over this weekend.  It was a good weekend of visiting, playing with our nieces and nephews, and eating some delicious food.  While I love weekends like this one, they are a lot of work.

When you consider that we started cleaning the house about a week ago in anticipation of their arrival, you know that we had been busy the entire week.  We even had the kids helping us clean, and while there was quite a bit of work involved, we did manage to get everything done like we always do.

Now that they have finally left, we have a moment to ourselves, so the wife and I are going to sit down and have a cup of tea.

For us, drinking any one of the unique blends of premium tea that we have in our home is a great way to relax.  We buy our tea from ThaoTeaCo.com, and it is the only company that we have found that carries tea that we both enjoy.  We are sitting in the living room right now, trying to wind down from this weekend.

The tea is warm and delightful to my taste buds.  While I know that I will have to go to bed soon, I will savor this moment while I can.

I’m drinking delicious tea and I have great company – a guy couldn’t ask for a better way to end his day.

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March 30, 20150 comments
Learning About Cloud Computing

Learning About Cloud Computing

While I was initially gung-ho about taking computer science in college, I was starting to run out of passion for my classes.  I’m only in first year, but I thought that there would be more discussion about computer science topics instead of just coding.  Unfortunately for me, it has been nothing but coding and more coding.

Which can get rather boring.

I was really thinking about throwing in the towel, but I was pleasantly surprised with our class on Friday.  Our professor was away for whatever reason and their was a substitute speaker.  I was just about to leave the class when he said something rather unexpected:

Can someone tell me what cloud computing is?

A lively discussion ensued.

It was the first time that any of us had the opportunity to discuss anything other than programming languages and methodologies.  The entire class was actually looking at computing from a macro level instead of the micro level we tend to look at as programmers.

The discussion continued and the speaker provided example of real-world uses for cloud computing.  I really felt my eyes opened for the first time since I started college.

It was very refreshing.

I just hope that we have more of these lively discussions – I really felt I learned something in that class.

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March 23, 20150 comments
Trying to Reduce our Home Energy Consumption

Trying to Reduce our Home Energy Consumption

For most of my life, I have tried to be an environmentally conscious person.  I make sure to recycle, watch the amount of garbage we put out each week and turn off the lights when I leave the room.  But one of the things that I have noticed over the last year is that our power bill continues to get a little more expensive each month.

So, I decided to investigate.

What I discovered was that we have been using our air conditioner more than we used to because our home is hot.  Keeping the temperature down does come with a price, and we were certainly paying it.

But I knew we could do better.

So, I did a little research as to how we could keep our home cooler so that we would have to depend on the air conditioner less than we did now.  As it turned out, one of the easiest ways was to get the windows tinted on our home.  By tinting them, it would keep out much of the heat from the sun, and therefore mean that we would not have to run our air conditioner as often.

I contacted Ozone Tint, a company specializing in home window tinting in Melbourne.  They came out, assessed our home and gave us a quote.  We accepted and they did the work.

While it hasn’t been that long since they tinted our windows, it is already noticeably cooler in our home and I would expect that our utility bills will be lower as well.

Tinting our windows was a good investment.

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March 18, 20150 comments
Replacing Our Baseboard Heaters

Replacing Our Baseboard Heaters

While I am thankful that our baseboard heaters kept us warm for many winters, it is time for them to go.  They are old, dirty, and mostly don’t work well  any longer.  I don’t particularly like the power bill when I get it during the winter months as the setup i have isn’t very energy efficient.

But I was sure that there would be something on the market that could provide heat to my home without requiring me to spend a whole lot of money.  Unfortunately, when I asked my friends about what I should do, they all had blank looks on their faces – I guess they didn’t know either.

So, I decided to consult with experts and see what my best choice would be.  After explaining our situation to a salesperson, it turned out that we should use electric radiators.  Not only do these new radiators generate more heat than those old baseboards, but they also do it while using less electricity.  They also fit seamlessly into the spot that was vacated from the dishwasher.

They were perfect.

If you are looking for a way to heat your home, trailer, or cabin that is cost effective and reliable, an electric radiator would be a good fit for you.  Learn more here http://www.haverland.co.uk/

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I Found the Best SEO Service Provider

I Found the Best SEO Service Provider

As many of you know, I spend a lot of time building websites.  I have a small portfolio of sites that are chalk-full of useful information and articles designed around a great user experience.  I suppose that I am drawn to these types of websites because I love to write.

But like any other website, they need to be optimized for the search engines and marketed to get some good rankings and traffic.  While I love writing and creating sites, I am not a big fan of marketing them.  Since the marketing landscape online is changing all of the time, it makes it hard to continue creating sites while keeping up with the latest marketing trends.

I don’t have a lot of time, so I decided it was time that I found a good SEO provider.

I contacted a number of companies that I found online to see what they would suggest that I do to market my existing websites and how they could help me market my new ones.

Based on their responses, I narrowed my list down to three.

But only one of them made the cut.

You see, I decided to go with ByteMe.cc to be my SEO service provider.  They provided me with sound advice, and the strategies that they suggested and implemented got me some great results: many of my keyword terms were on the first page and in top positions in a very short amount of time.

I loved that they had patience to answer my questions and they could explain what was being done in plain English instead of a bunch of technical jargon.

All-round it was a great experience.  In fact, if you have a website and you are looking for help to get it noticed, get great rankings, and traffic, Byte Me would be the perfect SEO provider for you.  To learn about the marketing packages that they offer visit their site http://byteme.cc/

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March 17, 20150 comments
Enjoying Our Baby Glider

Enjoying Our Baby Glider

When it came to having kids, my wife and I didn’t really know what we were doing.  Sure, we could say that we had held babies in the past, but playing with a baby and taking care of one are two different things.  But we knew that we could figure things out if we just tried.

It didn’t take us long to get into a groove when our first child was born.  Sure, we didn’t get a lot of sleep, but what parent does when their baby is little?

One of the things that we learned early on was that it was important to have the right tools for the job.  For example, having a good nursery glider made it easier to get the baby to go back to sleep.  For us, we did a lot of research to find the best products on the market for our child.  We really didn’t want to waste money on shoddy products, so spending the time doing the research was important.

For example, if you were looking for a baby glider like we have, you can click here for best selling glider chairs for nursery.

We really love our baby glider and it has made our job as new parents a lot easier.

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March 16, 20150 comments
I Love Saving Money with Coupons

I Love Saving Money with Coupons

Money has been a little tight for awhile now, and we have been trying to cut corners where we can.  Instead of driving to work, we’ve been taking the bus, bringing bagged lunches to work instead of eating out and turning the heat down at night.  But try as we might not to spend money, there are times where you just can’t avoid spending it.

A great example would be our car.

While we don’t use it a lot, there are times when we need it to take the kids to Tae Kwon Do, or we might need to take them to the doctor.  In these instances, it makes more sense to drive than try to get around on the bus.

But a vehicle needs to be maintained and unfortunately we haven’t been good at keeping up with the maintenance on the car.  I was hoping that we wouldn’t have to spend any money on it, but after we had a flat tire that couldn’t be fixed, we had to get new tires for the car.

We didn’t have money for that.

But being the thrifty woman that I am, I wend online and found some tire rack coupons that allowed us to save enough money that getting the new tires wasn’t going to make us broke.  I just love how you can save a lot of money if you take the time to find a great deal.

I don’t know how we would have survived as long as we have without coupons – they have been a life saver for us.

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March 14, 20150 comments